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Another Education Neuromyth Debunked - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com

Another Education Neuromyth Debunked - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
What does neuroscience have to say about the educational value of lectures? Not much, says pedagogist Ken Masters in a lively article just published in Med
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Lectures aren't great but there not as bad as this scan seems to suggest.  Or is the scan actually relevant?

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Science or Pseudo Science? Prevalence of Neuromyths in Education | The Education Elf

Science or Pseudo Science? Prevalence of Neuromyths in Education | The Education Elf | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Sanne Dekker and colleagues' observational study investigating the prevalence of neuromyths in school teachers in the UK and Netherlands.
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Brain Myths: Popular Facts About the Brain That Aren't True

Brain Myths: Popular Facts About the Brain That Aren't True | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
You only use 10 percent of your brain. Your memory declines with age. Alcohol kills brain cells. These and other myths, debunked
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This is the Reader's Digest, so reader, beware. However, the author does a reasonable job at quoting authoritative sources. Can't believe we are still reading about the left-brain v right-brain myth! The author also talks about alcohol, the brain as a photocopier and decline with age.
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17 Little-Known Tips, Tricks and Hacks for Using Google in the Classroom | EdSurge News

17 Little-Known Tips, Tricks and Hacks for Using Google in the Classroom | EdSurge News | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Here’s a slightly Orwellian way to check whether your students may have plagiarized part of their essays: the Chrome extension Draftback, which play
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Some fantastic add-on suggestions here for Google Docs. It includes features for dyslexic students, read aloud add-ons as well as page highlighters and summarizers.  A lot of these things I have not seen before but I will be passing them on.
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Déjà Vu: Feelings of Premonition Are Memory-Based Illusions

Déjà Vu: Feelings of Premonition Are Memory-Based Illusions | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
With a little help from virtual reality, researchers examine what causes déjà vu and feelings of premonition.
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Excellent short article about research on the idea the deju vu can be a source premonitions. This research indicated that a feeling of deju vu was no better than chance at predicting future events.
 
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Myths and causes - Autism | Autistica

Myths and causes - Autism | Autistica | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
We set you straight on eight common myths about autism, including autism and gender, social skills, cures, vaccines and parenting.
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A series of statements about autism that are quickly debunked. For example, autism is caused by vaccination; autism can be cured; only boys have autism. It is an easy and worthwhile read.
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Mythical Retention Data & The Corrupted Cone

Mythical Retention Data & The Corrupted Cone | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
The Danger Have you ever seen the following “research” presented to demonstrate some truth about human learning? Unfortunately, all of the above diagrams are evangelizing misleading information. Worse, these fabrications have been rampant over the last two or thre
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A very thorough debunking of the misuse of Dale's Cone of Experience. In fact, most diagrams showing this are wrong and have been based on other diagrams that were made up and not based on any research.
 
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The Learning Scientists Blog

The Learning Scientists Blog | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
You certainly have encountered many notions of the learning styles concept.
We have covered this topic before. It is the idea that people have a
specific learning preference and that instruction should be tailored
according to that preference in order to enhance learning outcomes.
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A good review of the evidence against learning styles, concrete versus abstract learning and impulsive versus reflective learning styles. As usual, it's more complicated than we think.
 
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Are people who think they can multitask deluding themselves?

Are people who think they can multitask deluding themselves? | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
We’ve all tried to juggle several things at once. So does it work, or is it better to concentrate on just one task at a time?
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Another nail in the myth of multitasking. Students are really fooling themselves about this.
 
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IQ Is A Myth: Intelligence Has At Least Three Components - PsyBlog

IQ Is A Myth: Intelligence Has At Least Three Components - PsyBlog | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
One number does not accurately describe a person's thinking skills, a study concludes.
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This post debunks the simplistic view that intelligence can be measured by performance in an IQ test. It did however (in true PsyBlog style) provide some generalisations: some things are bad for short term memory (smoking) and some things are good (playing computer games). Oh well, take it with a pinch of salt.
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Five common myths about the ageing brain and body

Five common myths about the ageing brain and body | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
There are a number of myths associated with what happens to our brain and bodies as we age.
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An article that is close to my heart and age. Myths referred to include ones about dementia and cognitive decline. The author is a senior lecturer in psychology so she should probably know what she is talking about.
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False memories: from the lab to the courtroom - Science Weekly podcast

False memories: from the lab to the courtroom - Science Weekly podcast | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
How much of our memory is fictitious? And how is this psychological research now being applied to the world of eyewitness testimony and victim statements?
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Podcast on the whole area of false memories. It really undermines the whole "eyewitness" accounts in criminal trials and even our own recall of past events.
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Why urban myths about education are so persistent – and how to tackle them

Why urban myths about education are so persistent – and how to tackle them | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
A body of evidence has debunked the concept of 'learning styles', but some teachers still cling to it.
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Another article putting the nail in the 'learning styles' coffin. This one examines why the myth persists - mainly because teachers sincerely believe it!
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Brain training: exposing the myth behind cognitive-enhancement games

Brain training: exposing the myth behind cognitive-enhancement games | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
A new study indicates that any benefits gained from brain games may be down to the placebo effect.
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Couldn't find much about the author but it reads coherently and consistently. No references but the author does speak to a lot of scientists working in the area.  His conclusion is that a lot of so-called 'brain games' work because of the placebo effect.
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The Problem with "Learning Styles"

The Problem with "Learning Styles" | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.
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Another nail in the Learning Styles myth. I quote from the article: "A recent review of the scientific literature on learning styles found scant evidence to clearly support the idea that outcomes are best when instructional techniques align with individuals’ learning styles."
Even students who identify that they prefer a certain learning styles don't use it 70% of the time!
 
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“Another nail in the coffin for learning styles” – students did not benefit from studying according to their supposed learning style –

“Another nail in the coffin for learning styles” – students did not benefit from studying according to their supposed learning style – | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
It may now be time to bury the learning styles myth once and for all. By Christian Jarrett
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Another study which encouraged a group of students to use their preferred learning style during a University Course. They were then assessed and compared to other students who used other methods and it was found that using the preferred style made no difference to their outcomes.
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Belief in brain myths and child development myths continues even among those who’ve studied psychology –

Belief in brain myths and child development myths continues even among those who’ve studied psychology – | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
By Christian Jarrett Despite countless myth-busting articles online, dedicated bloggers like Neuroskeptic, and the publication of a recent book described by Ben Goldacre as "a masterful catalogue of neurobollocks" (disclaimer: I wrote it), and another in the same series addressing child development myths, public surveys continue to show stubborn, widespread belief in many brain myths and psychology…
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Sadly, the headline says it all.
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No, You're Not Left-Brained or Right-Brained - YouTube

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Despite the lame intro song, this video does a good job at debunking the left brain/right brain myth. It goes into a fair amount of detail but is easy to understand and is bright and cheerfu.
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The Five Biggest Myths of Consumer Psychology – Psychology of Stuff – Medium

The Five Biggest Myths of Consumer Psychology – Psychology of Stuff – Medium | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
This was said by a senior marketer at a very large consumer brand, reacting to an idea from its’ advertising agency. This marketer assumed, as most do, that for an ad to work, it must pull people…
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A series of myths about marketing. I know very little about this area. However, it makes an interesting read because it gives some insights into how people in marketing think. Although it does reference some studies in this area, I am a little wary of it being mainly an opinion piece. I also doubt that these are the 'five biggest myths of consumer psychology'!
 
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Can You Beat The Average Person At Spotting Brain Myths?

Can You Beat The Average Person At Spotting Brain Myths? | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
A new study shows that everyone – even people with training in neuroscience – is susceptible to some brain myths. So how do you compare?
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This post actually has a quiz to determine if you can spot myths about the brain.
 
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Music teachers and students fall for music-related neuromyths – German study

Music teachers and students fall for music-related neuromyths – German study | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Myths that contained neuroscientific jargon were more likely to be believed. By Christian Jarrett
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Another article about the stuff my profession believes in without much evidence. Depressing, really.
 
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Three myths about the brain (that deserve to die)

Three myths about the brain (that deserve to die) | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Three brain myths are repeated on an almost daily basis in news stories around the world. Let's consider them one by one in the hopes that we can finally squash them.
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A very good article about some myths that even I thought were true. They include that cortisol causes stress; that the amygdala is the site of fear and that brain suddenly gets active when you experience an event. Well worth a read.
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Myths and Facts About Traumatic Brain Injury - Articles and News

Myths and Facts About Traumatic Brain Injury - Articles and News | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Traumatic brain injury can be the most devastating consequence of a motor vehicle crash, a sports injury, an assault or a fall. Brain injury survivors face years of intensive and costly rehabilitation. Many will require therapy and support for the rest of their lives. The toll on families is enormous. Amazingly, insurance adjusters, judges and …
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I'm a little averse about recommending this site because it is legal, not medical or academic site. However, I have never seen these myths before and the coverage reads well. It includes information about sources of brain injury, whiplash and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
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NeuroMyths - BrainFacts.org

NeuroMyths - BrainFacts.org | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
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Links to ten different articles on myths about the brain. It includes the usual ones but also that drugs makes holes in your brain; that vaccines cause autism; and that playing 'brain games' keeps your brain young.
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The Weird (and False) Belief About Amnesia That Won’t Go Away

The Weird (and False) Belief About Amnesia That Won’t  Go Away | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
It’s called the “double conk” theory.
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A short article explaining the origins of the 'double-conk' theory on reversing amnesia.
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10 of The Most Widely Believed Myths in Psychology

10 of The Most Widely Believed Myths in Psychology | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
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A good list of some less well-known myths about the brain. It includes the debunked ideas that 'crowds turn you stupid' and the Neuro-Linguistic Programming is scientific. The reference to vision is more of a misconception held by young children than a myth.
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Are the benefits of brain training no more than a placebo effect?

Are the benefits of brain training no more than a placebo effect? | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
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Oh dear. This might not go down well in the Brain Training industry.  This is a summary of a study that suggests that simply thinking that you are doing 'brain training' may result in a 'cognitive boost' rather that the actual training itself.
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